Tuesday, July 14, 2009


Another view of my basil patch.

Made a batch of fresh pesto today. Pictured left is my basil patch in the garden. Green, green, green...

Monday, July 13, 2009

My other poinsettia with almost all the red leaves gone. I just love the green color of the foliage.


Poinsettias are fun to grow and don't have to be thrown out after the holidays. I have two from Christmas, and they are both doing well. They love the sun and heat. Just water when the soil is dry.


Thursday, July 9, 2009

A beautiful, young, Italian knitter graciously shares her patterns on her blog--Creative Yarn. This handwarmer pattern comes from there!


Diasies from my two children!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Inside my mind...

I was running in a state park this evening while my daughter took her swim lessons in the nearby pool. Before I reached the trail I noticed a tall man wearing a dark shirt, khaki shorts and a fishing hat. He set off my obsessive mind a'reeling. While running I thought about how dark the trail was, while just outside the trees it was bright with afternoon sunlight. I kept thinking what I would do if someone came upon me and tried to stab me. Then I thought about my sister's art and how she is using Ophelia as her subject for much of her art lately.

So here goes the scenerio...There is a beautiful creek at the start of the trail with running water over many rocks. The sound of course if very soothing. As I run across the bridge and onto the trail I imagine the man with the fishing hat stalking not far behind. I wonder if he stabs me if I'll have the strength to make it to the creek. I thought to myself maybe the cool water would slow the bleeding. Using my strongest side, I slide along the wet earth to the creek. Thoughts of Ophelia haunt my mind, and I can hear myself gurgle that last breath with my face towards the treetops.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Free your mind!

My head gets clogged with cobwebs of self-doubt, insecurity and other emotions that overwhelm me at times. Getting out and running a trail and enjoying the beauty of it truly helped clear my head today.

I've been doing a great amount of soul searching lately and realize that physical activity must become a daily part of my life or I will succumb to the monsters in my head.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Yard Work

I have experienced the most enjoyment from working in our yard this spring and summer. Implementing my latest mantra "No Fear" in everything I'm working on, whether it be knitting, chores, housework, yardwork, etc. has been key. Dig that hole (don't worry about the plant not establishing itself). It will or it won't, just don't get hung up on the negative outcome, which is my norm. It has completely changed my outlook on many things. It has brought the joy back into my yardwork. I'll let you know when it helps me find the joy in my housework:)